71% of Qataris refuse to work in private sector - poll

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share
(Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

(Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

More than 70 percent of jobless Qataris refuse to work in the private sector, according to a new survey.

The Government second-quarter labour force sample survey found the reluctance to work for private companies was despite a government push that included quotas for employers to meet, the Penninsula reported.

Of the 1,332 jobless Qataris surveyed it found only 334, or 74.9 percent, were keen to take up jobs in the private sector.

Women were most against taking up a private job with 738, or 76.4 percent, of the 966 women surveyed rejecting the idea.

Of the 366 Qatari men surveyed, 71 percent, or 260, opposed working in the private sector.

The sample survey was carried out for the April to June period by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics.

It came as a separate survey of 242 jobless Qataris with secondary school qualifications found they would not work for the private sector for a variety of reasons.

Work timings, such as two shifts a day, were cited as a major barrier for not taking up private employment.

Only 44 respondents cited low wages as a reason for their dislike of a private job, while another 44 said it was working six days a week.

The average monthly pay of people employed in Qatar in the second quarter was QR9,636 ($2,646).

There were a total of more than 1.46 million people in the country in paid employment, with men on average earning about QR10,302 ($2,829) and women QR7,893 ($2,167).

However, of the 1.46 million employed, only 173,220 were women, according to the ministry’s survey.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: Steve

Isn't that the Bahrain flag??

Posted by: John Swansea

Not quite sure how you are calculating your percentages, but 334 out of 1332 is 25% and not 75%. Someone should really read your articles before they're printed!

Posted by: Indian hero

good we are happy for this attitude

Posted by: Anon

Malaise and arrogant laziness drives them but who really cares?

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Is this the end of the Gulf’s Indian cash dash?

Is this the end of the Gulf’s Indian cash dash?

From currency woes to taxation loopholes closing and a clampdown...

2
Q&A with Dubai Chamber

Q&A with Dubai Chamber

We spoke with Essa Al Zaabi of Dubai Chamber of Commerce to find...

The politics of big data

The politics of big data

The UAE may be one of the fastest adopters of e-government initiatives...

Most Discussed
  • 24
    World's most pierced man refused entry to the UAE

    Tolerance has its limits everywhere including Dubai and those who considered Dubai a lawless circus were held accountable...so thank you Dubai authorities... more

    Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:51 PM - Khalil
  • 23
    Baby NOT on board?

    Some of you cry babies need to get your own personal apartments on the plane ! You cry more then the babies I have seen in my travels. LOL more

    Thursday, 28 August 2014 9:10 AM - Jim
  • 21
    Israel “must be punished” over Gaza, says Dubai police chief

    This high moral ground that Mick is talking abt sound very familiar. May I remind Mick that the US & its British ally alone killed over 1 million innocent... more

    Thursday, 7 August 2014 4:12 PM - Mathew